Global greenlights season two of Ransom

The drama is produced by Entertainment One, Sienna Films, Frank Spotnitz's Big Light Productions and Budapest-based Korda Studios.

Suspense drama Ransom has been greenlit for a second season by Global.

The 13-episode season will be shot in Hungary over the coming months, broadcasting on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S. sometime in 2018. Ransom is a Canada-Hungry coproduction created by David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz.

The series was not included in Corus’ upfront this spring, leading to some uncertainty about its return, but Corus confirmed today it is going ahead. Its first season, which premiered last winter, did respectable numbers for the conventional net, averaging 715,000 viewers an episode.

Produced by Entertainment One (which also holds worldwide rights), Toronto-based Sienna Films, Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions and Budapest-based Korda Studios, season two of the drama will see the return of star Luke Roberts as hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont, as well as co-stars Sarah Greene, Oliver Yates and Nazneen Contractor.

The original series was built to complement Global’s fall TV lineup, which VP and COO Barb Williams said in an earlier interview is focused largely on big stars and giving viewers heroes to root for. Other series that fit this bill include the suspenseful special-ops drama The Brave and cop drama SWAT.

Ransom was created by David Vianola (Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle). Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny of Sienna Films, as well as Spotnitz, will serve as executive producers.

From MiC